Young Professionals

... Navigating Your Life and Career

In these engaging, interactive seminars, you'll develop new strategies and skills to help you make the most of this exciting time of your life—and you'll also meet new people and have a good time while you're at it.

Presented by The MIT Work-Life Center in collaboration with the Office of the VP for Research and Millennials ERG.

Living Your Life and Managing Your Debts

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Jimmy Becker, M.B.A.; Founder, Financially Speaking

So, you’ve borrowed money and now you need to pay it back. While taking on debt is no doubt stressful, it doesn’t have to mean your world stops turning. This seminar is focused on the best strategies for borrowing money, repaying it, and creating spending strategies that will enable you to live the life you want. You will leave understanding:

  • Different types of consumer debts and which to pay down first
  • Your credit score and its impact on your borrowing
  • Considerations around filing for bankruptcy
  • When to save more money versus paying off debt
  • Strategies to manage spending and generate savings

Our Everyday Environment: Sustainable Practices for a Healthier Life

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Lora Babb, M.E.L.P.; Sustainable Economies Program Manager, Manomet

When discussing the subject of toxins, we often think of someplace “out there,” a geographic area or body of water that’s polluted in some way by chemicals. Rarely do we think about our everyday environment—the places we live, work, and play—or about the products we put in and on our bodies. This lively and eye-opening conversation will look at what’s really in our personal care and household products and how they may be affecting our health. You’ll also learn why indoor air pollution is greater than outdoor air pollution, and how to protect your health by using safer products on your body and in your home!

How to Make Healthy Eating a Habit

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Heidi Roth, R.D., L.D.N., B.S.; Owner, Heidi Roth Nutrition

You made a kale smoothie for breakfast, but Jean from accounting brought in donuts for the whole office. Adiós kale smoothie! We all know what we “should” be doing to be healthy, so why aren’t we doing it? Why are bad habits so easy to create? And why does bad food taste so good? During this interactive seminar, you will learn:

  • How habits are created
  • Tips and tools to create better habits
  • Small daily habits that can have a big impact on your health and happiness

Investing 201: Continuing the Conversation

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building: NE49-5000 (600 Technology Square)

Presenter: Steven Dimitriou, A.I.F., Q.P.F.C.; Managing Partner, Mayflower Advisors

Dinner will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the seminar presentation will run from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Knowledge is power – especially when it comes to investing your hard-earned money! This seminar is intended for those with a foundational understanding of investments. After a brief review of Investing 101: Learn the Basics (presented in Fall 2019), we will do a deep dive into the various investment vehicles and options, specifically the advantages and disadvantages of IRAs, Roth IRAs, Annuities, and 529 Plans.

Breaking Through the Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Jason Jay, M.Ed., Ph.D.; Senior Lecturer and Director, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

Dinner will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the seminar presentation will run from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Think of the last time you tried to talk to someone who didn’t agree with you about an important issue. How did it go? Often, working toward a future where humans and nature can thrive gets stuck in the noisy traffic jam of competing ideas, priorities, and ideologies. Join MIT Sloan’s Jason Jay (senior lecturer and director, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative) for an interactive workshop based on his book Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World. You will learn concepts and strategies for moving beyond “preaching to the choir” and leading change across lines to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Couples and Money: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Ina Bachman, L.I.C.S.W., T.I.W.C., C.E.A.P.; Founder and Coach, Bachman Coaching

This seminar will examine the powerful impact money has on relationships. During this discussion, you will:

  • Analyze how couples think and communicate about money
  • Understand why couples fight about money
  • Explore simple tactics for avoiding money roadblocks that may affect your relationship
  • Receive advice around building a resilient partnership that can withstand financial concerns and challenges